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Publication: Sustainable Growth Model

Taobao Villages - The Emergence of a New Pattern of Rural Ecommerce in China and its Social Implications

Author: Fan Lulu, Sun-yat Sen University, Guangzhou; FES Shanghai 2018

by Yannick Ringot

Taobao, a subsidiary to the biggest Chinese e-commerce player Alibaba, is a Chinese online shopping website and platform with over 580 million monthly active users in 2018.

A Taobao Village by Chinese definition is a village with at least 50 households operating their own shops on Taobao. These clusters of rural online entrepreneurs have become a significant force behind the development of “rural e-commerce” in China.

If the negative aspects of Taobao villages on labour, social and safety standards can be mitigated, it might not only be an interesting development and employment programme for rural and remote areas in China, but most probably also for other Asian countries with a distinct rural character and a rural-urban divide to connect unique local products with urban purchasing power.

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Publication: Social Justice and Trade Unions

Discussion Paper: German Robots in China and the Alibaba Villages

Sergio Grassi, Stefan Pantekoek, Yannick Ringot; FES Shanghai and FES Indonesia 2018

by Yannick Ringot

At the conference "Intelligent Manufacturing and Work 4.0 - Challenges and Perspectives in China, South-East Asia and Germany", the ongoing global technology-driven industrial and platform-based revolution was discussed by experts from industry, trade unions and academia from Asia, Europe and the United States. The results of the debates are summed up in this discussion paper which was jointly authored by the Shanghai Representative Office and the Indonesia Office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

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Publication: Sustainable Growth Model

Achieving a Socially Equitable Energy Transition in China

ZHANG Junjie, Donghui LIU, XUE Lan, CHEN Xiduo, WU Honglin; FES Shanghai 2018

by Yannick Ringot

In China, efforts towards an energy transition are increasingly ambitious. But although these policies have ushered in rapid gains in renewable energy, China continues to rely in large part on coal, mainly because of its steadily rising energy consumption which suggests a challenging path for a true clean energy transition. This study on China's energy transition provides a starting point for further analysis.

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Publication: Society and Politics

Different societies, same solutions? A critical reflection on ‘ageing as a burden’ in China and the EU

Authors: Traute Meyer (U. Southampton) and Feng Jin (Fudan U.); FES Shanghai 2018

by Yannick Ringot

For several decades, policy makers in China and the EU have stated that their ageing societies are a burden for their pension systems and that the retirement age should be increased and costs strictly controlled. But is pension retrenchment the only viable response to societal ageing?  

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Publication: Regional and International Affairs

China Radio International (CRI) "Today" Live Interview with Mr. Christoph Pohlmann on important breakthrough in coalition deal in Germany

by Yannick Ringot

Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, participated in the live panel discussion of “Today” on February 8th 2018 and shared his views of the results of collapsed talks on forming a coalition government in Germany.

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Publication: Regional and International Affairs

China Radio International (CRI) Live Interview with Mr. Christoph Pohlmann on Brexit and European integration

by BI Qiuchen

Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, participated in the live panel discussion of “Today” on March 31st 2017 and shared his views of the implications of Brexit on European integration and the future of the EU in general.

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Publication: Regional and International Affairs

China Radio International (CRI) Live Interview with Mr. Christoph Pohlmann on the Changing World Order

by BI Qiuchen

Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, participated in the live panel discussion of “Today” on the topic of the changing world order on February 24th 2017 and shared his views.

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Publication: Regional and International Affairs

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation is among the world’s best think tanks

by BI Qiuchen

In the 10th global Think Tank Rankings of University of Pennsylvania, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation continues to rank among the best think tanks.

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Publication: Regional and International Affairs

The Silk Road Economic Belt: Considering Security Implications and EU–China Cooperation Prospects

by Yannick Ringot

Report by SIPRI on the security implications of the Silk Road Economic Belt and EU-China cooperation

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